New work for the next exhibition

UNDERWATERWORLD – UNTERWASSERWELT – LE MONDE SOUSMARIN

Usually I work like this:

I advance, almost blindly, but steadily. Then at the end, right before the deadline, everything falls together and makes sense !

At first, this process was worrying me, because of the deadline. But not anymore, I have learned to trust myself. Of course, if I didn”t have my beautiful friends to give me help when I need it, nothing would be possible. I love it all !


Neues für unsere Ausstellung Meeresbewohner in Giessen im Johannesstift am 25. April. Vernissage 15 Uhr

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What I found in an old stationery shop in Paris

A Faber-Castell pencil lead sharpener

A Faber-Castell pencil lead sharpener

A friend, Laurence,  told me about that old stationery shop in the 11th arrondissement, which will close down by the end of the month. She said that there were hidden treasures for artists, like gouache paint, pencils, etc for half of the original price.

The visit to the shop last Tuesday was my birthday present to myself !

The tenant, a very Parisian, very old and very short lady said she’d close up the shop on Friday, and everything had to be sold by then, if possible. She had help, another lady, a bit younger, in a big babypink woolen sweater. Both wore heavy make-up and I felt as if I was in the middle of an old French movie….as if in a minute Jean Gabin would come out from the backroom and talk to us. You could hardly walk around in the shop, cause there was stuff everywhere. My friend had forwarned me: you’ll have to dig, there is so much chaos in there….

I told the old lady that I am an artist, and she said: ” come with me, I’ll show you something that may interest you!”

I went away with: a pencil sharpener (see photo), Three big paper clips, about 10 mini paper clips, (to clip a sheet of paper onto a drawing board), a beautiful box of “graphite pure” pencils HB, another one with three 5B pencils, two fine watercolor brushes (pure red sable), 6 tubes of fine Talens Gouache paint, a box of willow charcoal, a ministapler with staples.

As the old lady was merely the tenant of the shop and she was getting too old for the job, the owner  will sell the shop. She told me she asked him what kind of shop this would be afterwards, but he did not want to let her know…

I have my own thoughts about it, probably another fashion store, or perhaps another fast food place..

I think I’ll return there on Monday, find some more treasures and make photos of this unforgettable place which will soon be only a memory….

 

New Fashion Illustrations

Il fait encore froid à Paris, en attendant les beaux jours, un peu de couleur et d’élégance…J’ai réalisé ces dessins à l’encre de chine, avec une pointe de bambou très…rebelle:)

It’s still cold here in Paris and we are waiting for Spring. In the meantime, enjoy the color and elegance the Fashion Shows bring to us. I did these paintings with a ‘very rebellous bambou tip and ink…

32 x 24 Ink and Watercolor on Paper

32 x 24 Ink and Watercolor on Paper

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Fashion Show Ambiance S. Rocha
Watercolor and ink on 24 x 32 cm paper

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Fashion Show Sonia Rykiel – watercolor and ink on paper 24 x 32 cm

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Watercolor on 24 x 32 paper, ink

SALON DU MARIAGE PARIS – Wedding Fair in Paris

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I visited this year’s Salon du Mariage in Paris, at Porte de Versailles, Saturday a week ago. I was there at 10h30, a half hour after the opening, and there were already lots of visitors. I was a bit disappointed because I expected more wedding dresses, more wedding shoes, more accessoires and more wedding cakes…..bigger stands, more glamour. But it was fun all the same.

While taking my photos, I tried to emphasize on “why are people here” and on the legendary French Elegance….and I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures. There are more to come!

6 pearls missing

6 pearls missing

Tati - affordable wedding accessories and dresses

Tati – affordable wedding accessories and dresses

http://www.jilphotos.fr/portfolio - Your Friendly and Talented Wedding Photographer

http://www.jilphotos.fr/portfolio – Your Friendly and Talented Wedding Photographer

Papillons de Paris

Papillons de Paris – Wedding & Event Planners

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Protection for the bride's wedding dress or for the groom's tuxedo

Protection for the bride’s wedding dress or for the groom’s tuxedo

Housse de Robe de Mariage

Housse de Robe de Mariage

OUI - YESSSSS

OUI – YESSSSS

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

This One !

This One !

Costume et Chemise sur mesure - TAILORED SUITS AND SHIRTS

Costume et Chemise sur mesure – TAILORED SUITS AND SHIRTS

It's a men's world

It’s a men’s world

Headless

Headless

Champagne - Took all my friends out for a mighty good time..bought bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Once I lived the life of a millionaire…. Took all my friends out for a mighty good time..bought bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Table set

Table set

Faire-parts ....Wedding Announcement Cards

Faire-parts ….Wedding Announcement Cards

A timid fawn

A timid fawn

Elegance Française sans se ruiner - affordable French Elegance

Elegance Française sans se ruiner – affordable French Elegance

Finesse

Finesse

The Bride's lost shoe

The Bride’s lost shoe

Oh la la...

Oh la la…

Dessous dessus

Dessous dessus

Laquelle choisir? - Which one?

Laquelle choisir? – Which one?

Soie, dentelle et blancheur de neige - Silk, lace and snowy white

Soie, dentelle et blancheur de neige – Silk, lace and snowy white

Pour la demoiselle d'honneur - Something for the bridesmaid -

Pour la demoiselle d’honneur – Something for the bridesmaid -

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Collection printemps-été 2014

Fashion Illustration watercolor on paper ©Andrea Hupke de Palacio

Fashion Illustration watercolor on paper ©Andrea Hupke de Palacio

 

Sarah Burton, directrice artistique at Alexander McQueen, re-designs the powerful woman.

Amazons, leather, feathers, red and black, helmets…..warriors.